Kimble Bent

Kimble Bent

Malcontent

Graphic Novel - 2011
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Chris Grosz captures in words and pictures the adventuring life of sailor, soldier, deserter, outlaw and Hau Hau slave, Kimball Bent. After signing up for the Queen's shilling, Bent was sent to New Zealand in the 1860s, on the eve of the tumultuous Taranaki land wars. An act of defiance saw Bent deserting the army, and his eventual adoption by Maori tribes. Kimball Bent: Malcontent illustrates Bent's life as a Pakeha Maori, his assimilation into tribal life, his observation of secret war rites, including cannibalism, and being on the side of the Hau Hau at the famous battle at Te Ngutu o Manu where Gustav von Tempsky was killed. One of New Zealand's folk heroes, Bent's story encompasses romance, bloodshed and mayhem. His story has been recorded by James Cowan and fictionalised by Maurice Shadbolt. Rendered in scraperboard style, this graphic novel will have crossover appeal for teenagers and adults alike, bringing Bent's story to a new generation of New Zealanders"--Publisher's description.
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Random House, 2011.
ISBN: 9781869795160
Branch Call Number: 741.5 BEN
Characteristics: [72] p. :,ill., map ;,30 cm.

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Chris Grosz achieved a great period look for this story set in 1860s New Zealand. Illustrating the entire story on scraperboard (etching images out of black ink coating white clay sheets).

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ChristchurchLib Jul 11, 2013

This graphic novel tells the tale of Kimble Bent, a British deserter who joins up with Māori at the start of the Taranaki the land wars and becomes known as a Pakeha-Māori. The story is told in comic book style with dramatic pictures by Chris Grosz based on the true story written by James Cowan... Read More »

This graphic novel tells the tale of Kimble Bent, a British deserter who joins up with Māori at the start of the Taranaki the land wars and becomes known as a Pakeha-Māori. The story is told in comic book style with dramatic pictures by Chris Grosz based on the true story written by James Cowan... Read More »


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ChristchurchLib Jul 11, 2013

This graphic novel tells the tale of Kimble Bent, a British deserter who joins up with Māori at the start of the Taranaki the land wars and becomes known as a Pakeha-Māori. The story is told in comic book style with dramatic pictures by Chris Grosz based on the true story written by James Cowan. The story can be read as a great tale of adventure, romance and bloodshed, but also gives some insight into the history of the times. Interesting panels also give brief but educational detail about traditional hunting methods, wildlife, crafts etc. This book will appeal to young people and adults and would be a good introduction to the works of James Cowan and Maurice Shadbolt who have also written about this fascinating character from history.

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